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WAKE, DIE, REPEAT: IT'S YOUR “HAPPY DEATH DAY”

Bending the passage of time has long fascinated storytellers, and the construct of a time loop proves exceptionally compelling in filmmaking. A plot device in which hours or days are repeated and re-experienced by the characters, this loop offers the protagonist some hope of breaking out of the cycle of repetition. Multiple films across various genres have elegantly pulled it off—from Doug Liman’s  Edge of   Tomorrow  to Richard Curtis’  About Time . Now, time-bending gets tackled anew with surprising results in Universal Pictures' suspense-thriller  Happy Death Day .

A LEADER’S DEFINING MOMENT SHINES IN NEW “DARKEST HOUR” TRAILER

The new trailer for director Joe Wright’s historical drama  Darkest Hour  starring Gary Oldman as legendary British Prime Minister Winston Churchill has been unveiled by Focus Features and may be seen here.

CONVERSE INTRODUCES NBA CHUCK TAYLOR ALL STAR COLLECTION

Converse NBA collection celebrates basketball history and culture In 1949, virtually every player in the NBA wore the brand’s iconic Chuck Taylor All Star sneaker. Time progressed and Converse supplied new players with the tools to create basketball history. One of these players,  signed  to Converse in 1975, creator of the free-throw line slam dunk and all around basketball pioneer, Julius  “Dr. J” Erving cemented the Converse brand in basketball history with his daring  gameplay  and swagger all while sporting his version of the classic Pro Leather silhouette. On September 29, 2017, Converse launches the NBA Chuck Taylor All Star Collection, giving fans a way to show their NBA pride and celebrate their favorite teams. Representing all 30 NBA teams, the collection pays tribute to the game and celebrates the culture of basketball and its influence on today’s street style with three design tiers:  Gameday, Legend and Franchise. The Chuck SE NBA Franchise is a celebra

HOOQ INKS EXCLUSIVE DEAL WITH DISNEY

HOOQ JOINS HANDS WITH DISNEY TO BRING MARVEL’S LATEST SERIES INHUMANS, RUNAWAYS AND CLOAK AND DAGGER TO VIEWERS SAME DAY AS THE US HOOQ – the largest Video on Demand service in South-East Asia, gets exclusive SVOD rights to bring three of Marvel’s latest series – Marvel’s Inhumans, Marvel’s Runaways and Marvel’s Cloak and Dagger – on the same day as the US telecast on their platform for the Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand and Singapore, via a newly inked deal with The Walt Disney Company South-East Asia. While the first chapter of Marvel’s Inhumans has been released last week worldwide in IMAX® theatres, the following episodes will then be available on HOOQ from the end of September with additional exclusive content, not seen in IMAX ® theatres.  Next up will be Marvel’s Runaways which debuts on digital on November 21 st , 2017.  Marvel’s Cloak and Dagger will be released later on in 2018.  All these will have all episodes screened same day as the US telecast.  Th

LIFESTYLE TELECASTS THE STAR MAGIC BALL 2017 LIVE FROM THE RED CARPET

Who will make it to this year’s best dressed list? Enter a whirlwind of graceful gowns, dashing suits, and bright stars as Lifestyle TV (SKYcable ch. 52) airs the Star Magic Ball 2017’s Red Carpet live  this Saturday  (September 30) at  6:30  in the evening. Go behind the scenes with Lifestyle and get exclusive access to celebrity arrivals, and fashion and style updates with Gretchen Ho, insider interviews and red carpet glam info with Raymond Gutierrez; and straight forward fashion commentaries with Lifestyle’s equally fashionable panelists: Tim Yap, Bianca Gonzalez-Intal, and Metro’s beauty editor and Metro Weddings editor-in-chief Kate Paras. Guest panelists include fashion designers Patty Ang, Michael Leyva and Mark Bumgarner to divulge secrets to your favorite stars’ glow up and red carpet trends while Beauty Queen maker, Jonas Gaffud shares his expert advice on how to rule the runway. And to take us through the concept behind the evening’s enchanting set-up is top

THE WORLD’S GREATEST MAGIC SHOW COMES TO MANILA

Fresh from London's West End, IMPOSSIBLE  has to be seen to be believed! LIVE AT THE ARANETA COLISEUM 25 TH DECEMBER 2017 ~ 3 RD JANUARY 2018 Featuring six of the world’s most mind-blowing magical acts, IMPOSSIBLE is the breath-taking spectacular thrilling audiences worldwide. Fresh from its record-breaking second summer in London's West End,  IMPOSSIBLE  continues to tour the world and finally comes to Manila for the holiday season this December 25 to January 3 . Fusing death-defying stunts, technological trickery, grand stage illusions and close-up magic in a fast-paced breath-taking performance, IMPOSSIBLE reinvents the biggest illusions in history in the greatest magic show on earth. Audiences should prepare to be mesmerized and baffled as IMPOSSIBLE brings together six world-class performers showing off a stunning range of magical artistry.  IMPOSSIBLE ’s world tour includes: Magical Bones : South London street conjurer and break-dancing

Last Night Movie Review: A Polished Direction and Screenplay of A Love Story That's Endearing and Life Changing

Joyce Bernal's direction is as polished as Bela Padilla's  screenplay, and she gets the perfect lead stars to exemplify a love story that's endearing and life-changing. Last Night is a combination of profound but sometimes humorous dialogue, unselfconscious performances, and evocative cinematography (Manila is so beautiful!) that makes the film an elegant work of art. The sensitive portrayals of Piolo Pascual and Toni Gonzaga as Mark and Carmina, respectively was a splendor to watch. Their intimate scenes (not sex scenes) were subtle and beautifully shot. Piolo and Toni were the perfect fit to play the characters of Carmina and Mark. The soundtrack was very eargasmic and appropriate for the story that was being told; the ending hit my heart badly that I wished there was no end for their characters.  Each scene, every word uttered by the characters were clearly thought of that never did I thought that it was a product of a newbie screenwriter, Bela.

JARED LETO DEVASTATES YOU BLIND IN “BLADE RUNNER 2049”

Coming off a provocative performance as The Joker in last year’s blockbuster Suicide Squad, Oscar-winner Jared Leto now portrays the enigmatic Niander Wallace, whose soft-spoken manner thinly veils his ruthless ambition, in Columbia Pictures' futuristic action-thriller Blade Runner 2049. The highly awaited sequel to Ridley Scott's 1980s original classic, Blade Runner 2049 is directed by Academy Award-nominee Denis Villeneuve (Prisoners, Sicario, Arrival).

BRITISH ACTOR JAMES NORTON MAKES HIS MARK WITH “FLATLINERS”

He is a bright star in the British acting landscape which was confirmed when he was selected by Screen International to be one of their highly prestigious Stars of  Tomorrow .  Now, James Norton (BBC’s  War and Peace ,  Black Mirror, An Education ) bids for Hollywood stardom with Columbia Pictures' new suspense-thriller  Flatliners ( in Philippine cinemas Friday, September 29).

ZANJOE GETS INTERNATIONAL EMMY NOMINATION FOR “MMK”

Kapamilya actor and Star Magic artist Zanjoe Marudo is the only Asian artist nominated in the Best Performance by an Actor category in the 45 th  International Emmy Awards. The model turned actor is competing against actors Julio Andrade (Brazil), Kenneth Branagh (United Kingdom), and Kad Merad (France) in the category. “This recognition from the iEmmys is a personal milestone for me as an actor and as a Filipino. This is a dream come true. I thank the jurors, the show “MMK,” ABS-CBN and Star Magic,” said Zanjoe.

NOVEN RELEASES DEBUT ALBUM “AKO’Y SAYO”

“Tawag ng Tanghalan” grand champion Noven Belleza marks his official debut as a recording artist and is all set to conquer the OPM scene as he launches his first album under Star Music, “Ako’y Sayo.” Noven shared his elation on the latest break that came his way. He said, “I’m overwhelmed that from the many people who dreamed, I was given this opportunity to have my own album. I am very thankful for all the blessings.”

"Vivo V7+, is the most in demand selfie smartphone in the Philippines with over 5,000 units pre-ordered in just one week”

The Vivo V7+, which was unveiled just a short seven days ago with Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla leading the roster of celebrity endorsers, is proven to be the fastest-selling smartphone to date, already receiving more than 5,000+ pre-orders. The V7+, the latest pride of the topnotch Chinese smartphone manufacturer, boasts of a world-first 24MP front camera, a Face ID security access, and a 5.99” all-screen display. 

FIL-AM DEAN DEVLIN MARKS DIRECTING DEBUT WITH EPIC THRILLER “GEOSTORM”

Filipino-American filmmaker Dean Devlin (writer/producer,  Independence Day ) makes his feature film directorial debut with Warner Bros. Pictures' upcoming epic thriller  Geostorm  (in Philippine cinemas  Thursday, October 12 ). In the film, after an unprecedented series of natural disasters threatened the planet, the world’s leaders came together to create an intricate network of satellites to control the global climate and keep everyone safe. But now, something has gone wrong—the system built to protect the Earth is attacking it, and it’s a race against the clock to uncover the real threat before a worldwide  geostorm  wipes out everything...and everyone along with it.

Valor: AXN’s New Military Drama Debuts this October

The boundaries that lie between military discipline and human emotions are put to the test in the new drama series Valor , which premieres this October on AXN. Valor tells the story of two U. S. Army helicopter pilots, Warrant Officer Nora Madani (Christina Ochoa) and her commanding officer, Captain Leland Gallo (Matt Barr), as they lead an elite unit known as the Shadow Raiders on a top secret mission in Somalia. Things do not go as planned and the two are the only ones who make it back safely.

TFC sets the world stage for the biggest Filipino experience in Dubai, “One Music X” this November

TFC comes together with Star Music, MOR, MYX, and One Music PH to  bring the unique Philippine culture and music icons on November 3 in Dubai; “One Music X” marks TFC’s continuing celebration of its  2 0 th  anniversary In  the Middle East The  “ Rakrakan” concert series from 2006 to 2009.  The groundbreaking “FilExpo” in 2008. The first “It’s Showtime” outside the Philippines in 2011. The thrilling “JadIne In Love” in Dubai in 2016.  The milestone “ASAP in Dubai” in 2014.  The record-breaking “Birit Queens in Abu Dhabi this year. From concert series, trade fairs to franchised events, ABS-CBN The Filipino Channel (TFC) has been delivering the most epic Filipino events to the Middle East that bring together Filipinos to celebrate as one community and which have come to be the most anticipated in the region.

LET THE “ANNIHILATION” TRAILER DISTURB YOUR SENSES

Paramount Pictures has released the first official trailer for  Annihilation , the highly anticipated follow-up from  Ex Machina  writer/director Alex Garland. Watch the trailer here.

JUSTIN THEROUX IS GARMADON, THE WORST GUY EVER IN “THE LEGO NINJAGO MOVIE”

Justin Theroux ( The Girl on the Train,  TV’s  The Leftovers ) lends his voice to Garmadon aka The Worst Guy Ever, in Warner Bros. Pictures' all-new, big-screen event,  The LEGO NINJAGO Movie,  (now playing in Philippine cinemas). The baddest warlord of all time, Garmadon has red eyes, sharp teeth, and four arms. He rides a giant robot shark mech that walks. Can smell fear. He likes to fire his employees…from a volcano. Proud to bear the title of Worst Guy Ever, Garmadon is always trying to take over Ninjago City by attacking it over and over. But why? Perhaps there is something there – or someone – with whom he’s trying to reconnect.

Glaiza De Castro unravels new album “Magandang Simulain” with a special concert at the Music Museum

Multi-talented artist Glaiza De Castro returns to the music scene with the release of another distinctly aesthetic OPM album titled, “Magandang Simulain” distributed by PolyEast Records. Glaiza’s new album will be launched with a special concert for her fans on October 27, 2017 at the Music Museum. Expect a night of Glaiza’s tribute to the musicians all the way back in the 70s thru a concert titled “Kun[g]diman” produced by Glaiza herself together with PolyEast Records. Glaiza’s special guests will include rock icon Mike Hanapol and rapper Gloc-9.

ARCI MUÑOZ, JC SANTOS ADD KILIG TO “IKAW LANG ANG IIBIGIN”

“Ikaw Lang ang Iibigin” remains unbeaten in timeslot… Mornings will be even brighter for viewers nationwide as Kapamilya stars Arci Muñoz and JC Santos join the cast of ABS-CBN morning series “Ikaw Lang ang Iibigin.” After their breakup, Gabriel (Gerald Anderson) and Bianca (Kim Chiu) face the new chapter of their lives with new people who will help them chase their dreams and change the course of their fate.

JOHN BOYEGA, SCOTT EASTWOOD GET “PACIFIC RIM: UPRISING” CHARACTER POSTERS

The first two character posters for Universal Pictures’ epic action-adventure  Pacific Rim: Uprising  are now up, featuring leads John Boyega ( Star Wars: The Force Awakens ) and Scott Eastwood ( Suicide Squad ). Check out the one-sheets here and watch  Pacific Rim: Uprising  in Philippine cinemas February 2018.

JESSY FINDS TRUE SELF THROUGH DREAMS IN “MMK”

Can a woman find her true self through clues found in her dreams? Jessy Mendiola returns to “MMK” this Saturday (Sep 30) and plays the role of an adopted woman who follows her visions to find her long lost family.  

ELLEN PAGE, NINA DOBREV CHEAT DEATH IN “FLATLINERS”

Ellen Page ( Inception ) and Nina Dobrev (TV's  The Vampire Chronicles ) play a game of death in Columbia Pictures' new suspense-thriller  Flatliners ( in Philippine cinemas  Friday, September 29 ). Flatliners  tells of five medical students who embark on a daring and dangerous experiment to gain insight into the mystery of what lies beyond the confines of life. The bold adventure begins when they trigger near-death experiences by stopping their hearts for short periods of time. As their trials become more perilous, each must confront the sins from their past while facing the paranormal consequences of journeying to the other side.

AXN Partners with POSF for AXN University Challenge 2017

Left to right: JR Reyes, Dani San Agustin, and Rely San Agustin of RSA UNA Group Inc (Events  Organizer of AXN University Challenge PH 2017), Jay Lim of POSF, Atty. Al Agra, President of POSF, Armi Malaluan, Business Unit Head of AXN Networks PH, Ana Pulido, Sr. Manager for Programming and Marketing of AXN Networks PH, Tina Diego, Marketing for AXN Networks PH, Ken Garcia of RSA UNA Group Inc. AXN has partnered with Pilipinas Obstacle Sports Federation (POSF), the national organization spearheading the promotion of obstacle sports in the country, for the AXN University Challenge 2017 .  The pioneering partnership aims to support students who excel in sports and provide them with the opportunity to showcase their skills.

BELLAS FACE FINAL SHOWDOWN IN NEW “PITCH PERFECT 3” TRAILER

The Barden Bellas embark on their Farewell Tour in the new official trailer of Universal Pictures' musical comedy  Pitch Perfect 3 , (in Philippine cinemas  January 8, 2018 ). Watch the trailer here.

KIM CHIU LAUNCHES THIRD ALBUM “TOUCH OF YOUR LOVE”

Kapamilya recording artist and actress Kim Chiu celebrates her eleven successful years in the industry with the launch of her new album under Star Music, “Chinita Princess: Touch of Your Love.” The “Ikaw Lang Ang Iibigin” star has exceeded expectations when she ventured into making her own kind of music, and now, she is ready to prove her distinctive flair once again in her third album produced by Rox Santos.

JUDI DENCH, HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN AGAIN IN “VICTORIA & ABDUL”

Legendary actress Judi Dench ( Shakespeare in Love ) revisits the role of Queen Victoria (which she already portrayed in the Oscar-nominated  Mrs. Brown ), for Universal Pictures' heartwarming drama,  Victoria & Abdul . The world well knows Victoria, the iconic leader who ruled an empire spanning the world – but, who was Abdul?

RYAN GOSLING UNCOVERS EARTH-SHAKING MYSTERY IN “BLADE RUNNER 2049”

In Columbia Pictures' futuristic action-thriller  Blade Runner 2049 , Academy Award-nominee Ryan Gosling stars as LAPD Officer K who is sent on an assignment that could have far-reaching consequences—calling into doubt the divide between people and replicants, between humanity and technology, which could lead to anarchy or even war. The highly awaited sequel to Ridley Scott's 1980s original classic,  Blade Runner 2049  is directed by Oscar-nominee Denis Villeneuve ( Prisoners, Sicario, Arrival ).

PLDT GABAY GURO 2017

Two public school teachers, Mischelle Umali (5th from left) from Bangkal Elementary School and May Asuncion Dimaano (6th from right) from Rosauro Elementary School, won a house and lot at Gabay Guro 10th year celebration. Winners were awarded by Gabay Guro Chairperson Chaye Cabal-Revilla (3rd from left) and PLDT-Smart Foundation President Esther Santos (3rd from right) together with BellaVita AVP, Sales and Marketing Head, Jeanette Saturnino (5th from right) and BellaVita Marketing Manager, Ricky Adeva (4th from right) Chairman of the board, President and CEO of PLDT, Manny Pangilinan took the stage to welcome the attendees to the 2017 Gabay Guro Grand Gathering, the biggest celebration for teachers yet.

FILIPINA SINGER ALISAH BONAOBRA AWES THE X FACTOR UK JUDGES WITH HER PERFORMANCE OF “LISTEN”

The 22-year Old’s Audition Left Judge Nicole Scherzinger Very Emotional Alisah Bonaobra, singer from Manila, Philippines wowed all four judges of The X Factor UK with her version of Beyonce’s hit Listen on the seventh episode of the show. Her performance left judge Nicole Scherzinger in tears. One of eight children, Alisah believed her talent is world class and took a chance of a lifetime in the competition. She flew to London with the help of her mother’s friend who helped them fund their plane tickets.

Do Unstoppable Selfies with the OPPO A57 on Globe Postpaid ThePlan 999

Get the ideal selfie smartphone with the right budget for a postpaid plan OPPO Philippines and Globe Telecom now offers the OPPO A57 selfie-centric smartphone at Plan 999 with one-time cash-out of Php500. Equipped with a 16MP selfie camera on a sleek 5.2” display form factor, the A57 is an ideal smartphone for selfie lovers who needs a compact smartphone. Customers get 3.5GB of open data allocation along with 10GB of GoWatch for streaming apps and free Facebook allocation of 1GB monthly on Plan 999.

ABS-CBN PUBLISHING LAUNCHES “IT’S LIKE THIS” BY BOY ABUNDA

Abundable thoughts to ponder in new inspiring book  Multi-awarded host Boy Abunda pens a new book to inspire readers with his nuggets of wisdom, quotes and life-affirming essays in “It’s Like This: 100+ Abundable Thoughts that will make you think and rethink what you’ve always thought about your life” by ABS-CBN Publishing. The new manual highlights important lessons from Asia’s King of Talk as he shares his life filled with love and abundance, while recalling friends, experiences and changes that brought him to where he is now.